Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins
I got this from Foodnetwork and have made it several times. It is the best Bearnaise Sauce recipe I have ever made!
- 2 tablespoons tarragon vinegar
- 2 tablespoons dry white wine
- 1⁄4 cup very finely chopped shallot
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper, more if desired
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped tarragon leaf
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1⁄2-3⁄4 cup unsalted butter, very soft (I've always used 1 1/2 sticks)
- coarse salt
- pepper, if desired
- lemon juice, if desired
- Combine vinegar, wine, shallots, black pepper, and 1 1/2 teaspoons tarragon in a small saucepan.
- Cook over medium heat until reduced to 1 tablespoon, 5 to 10 minutes.
- Add egg yolks and 1 tablespoon of water to reduced vinegar mixture.
- Whisk until thick and pale, about 2 minutes.
- Set pan over moderately low heat and continue to whisk at reasonable speed reaching all over bottom and insides of pan, where eggs tend to overcook.
- To moderate heat, frequently move pan off burner for a few seconds, then back on.
- As they cook, the eggs will become frothy and increase in volume, then thicken.
- When the bottom of the pan is visible in the streaks left by the whisk and the eggs are thick and smooth, remove from heat.
- By spoonfuls, add soft butter, whisking constantly to incorporate each addition.
- As the emulsion forms, add butter in slightly larger amounts, always whisking until fully absorbed.
- Continue incorporating butter until sauce has thickened to consistency desired.
- Season with salt, remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped tarragon and, if desired, pepper.
- Add a few droplets of lemon juice if necessary.
This is a great recipe - and really not that hard at all. I had no trouble with the emulsification, in fact i was worried about it based on other reviews, but it came together much easier than i expected. Great flavor - served over pan seared beef tenderloin. After cooking the beef, i added mushrooms, shallots, and a pinch of remaining tarragon to the pan - then deglazed with white wine and a bit of beef stock. With roasted Brussels sprouts on the side - all the flavors came together so nicely. Will definitely make again (after 2 or 3 extra trips to the gym - but it's worth it).
This is a GREAT recipe! I had never made this sauce before and it turned out beautifully! There is a lot of whisking but well worth the effort for the end result! It was so tasty and melted in my mouth when I ate it with the steaks. I have even documented and have written about it on my blog. http://ohsoyumm.blogspot.com/2013/06/melt-in-your-mouth-food.html
Labor intensive but well worth the aching arm after 20 minutes of continuous whisking. The next time I make this (which will likely be immediately after all leftovers have been devoured) I would use half the amount of shallots because I prefer a smoother sauce. Instead of lemon juice, I added another half tablespoon of tarragon vinegar at the beginning - sublime. Serving this recipe with haricot vert, filet mignon and wild rice, I will be feeling much like a domestic goddess for the rest of the week. Highly recommend.